Busworld Russia, an international bus expo, is expected to attract more than 12,000 professionals from across the world.
To be held from October 25 to 27 at the Crocus Expo Centre in Moscow, Busworld Russia will cover around 10,000 square meters with more than 85 companies from over 15 countries expected to participate.
Busworld and its partner, ITEMF Expo, have already attracted many leading Russian and international exhibitors including KAMAZ, Scania, NEFAZ, GAZ Group, Minsk Automobile Plant, King Long, Neman (Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant), Yutong, Webasto, Continental Automotive, VOITH, Continental Tyres, Camozzi Pnevmatika, RABA AXLE.
During the trade fair, visitors can also participate in several seminars and debates in the ‘Busworld Academy and IRU Congress’.
Every day with different themes, the Seminars will provide perfect forecast about the world wide bus industry.
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A discussion on theme ‘Coaches & Tourism’ will be held October 25 while an interesting seminar- ‘Bus and the City’ will be conducted on the next day followed by ‘Safety in Bus and Coach Transport’ on October 27.
The Russian bus market is still strong as it witnessed registration of 9,679 buses and coaches of all sizes. in the first six months of 2016.
The Russian bus and coach market is dominated by three main vehicle sizes viz smallest are minibuses with around 16-20 seats. They are used on a wide variety of work, including regular services in towns and cities, operating like shared taxis.
The second popular segment is 8.0-10.0 tonnes gross, and dominated by PAZ, the Pavlovsky factory. Their models comes with high frame with front-mounted engines, and some of them have recently been substantially modified and restyled. The third segment is for full size city buses, normally around 12m long, but tri-axle buses can also be found on some routes.
The market leader is LiAZ, the Likino factory, using Western driveline components like ZF axles and fully automatic gearboxes, also Western diesel engines. The LiAZ range includes articulated buses.
There is a small specialised segment for massive six wheel drive truck-based buses. These retain the original truck cab but also have a large passenger carrying compartment, used to take employees to and from oil and gas fields.
The largest manufacturer in Russia is the GAZ Group, which makes minibuses including the attractive little Next. GAZ also owns LiAZ, the Kurgan bus factory in Siberia, PAZ, and several other subsidiaries making components.
Russian automotive component suppliers will also have good visibility in the expo.
There is ongoing modernisation of the city bus fleets in Russia and there was a surge of investment in interurban and luxury coaches during the Winter Olympics held in Sochi in 2014. Russia will host the Football World Cup in 2018. Construction of new stadia is well underway and there are high hopes of a surge in demand for buses and coaches to carry the thousands of fans visiting the games.
There are encouraging signs of confidence in the Russian automotive industry and the timing of Busworld Russia powered by Autotrans is a perfect one.